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Date:	Mon, 26 Oct 2009 22:19:03 +0100
From:	Uwe Kleine-König 
	<u.kleine-koenig@...gutronix.de>
To:	Greg KH <gregkh@...e.de>
Cc:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	Russell King <rmk+kernel@....linux.org.uk>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Samuel Ortiz <sameo@...ux.intel.com>,
	Mark Brown <broonie@...nsource.wolfsonmicro.com>
Subject: Re: platform_device_add_data(pdev, NULL, 0)

Hi Greg,

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 09:48:07AM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 10:26:22PM +0200, Uwe Kleine-König wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > mfd_add_device() (defined in drivers/mfd/mfd-core.c) is a wrapper do
> > allocate platform_devices.
> > 
> > It contains:
> > 
> > 	ret = platform_device_add_data(pdev,
> > 			cell->platform_data, cell->data_size);
> > 
> > If cell->data_size is 0 (and so likely cell->platform_data == NULL),
> > still pdev->dev.platform_data get assigned ZERO_SIZE_PTR.
> > 
> > IMHO the result should better be that pdev->dev.platform_data ends being
> > NULL, too.  Agreed?
> 
> Why?  Is this causing problems somewhere?
The "problem" I as follows:  I have a driver that doesn't use
platform_data and I want to change that.  As both the driver and the
device probably go via different trees and I want to do the following in
the driver:

	if (platform_data != NULL)
		/* use it */
	else
		/* use the old data */

OK, I could simply use:

	if (platform_data != NULL && platform_data != ZERO_SIZE_PTR)
		...

but it feels ugly.

Best regards
Uwe

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